July 25, 2013
MIT researchers print squishy 3D teddy bear
MIT researchers created a new programming language to streamline the process so it will be easier to print objects with multiple materials, so they can be squishy and flexible at one place, firm at another, or reflect light and conform to touch. Right now, making objects like that is an arduous and technically challenging task and beyond the ability of off-the-shelf 3D printing software. Boston.com reports.
To demonstrate the advancements, they printed miniature 3D teddy bears and tiny bunnies that are flexible and feel like foam.
Most commercially available 3D printers that transform digital files into physical objects are single-material machines. Those printers can create hard bowls, sculpture, or toys out of plastic, but arenít able to turn out intricate objects with varied surfaces.<&o>
The 3D printers that Vidimče and his colleagues work with are more advanced than printers most enthusiasts are buying online for around $2,000. The one they used costs about $300,000.
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